Stargate

Released in 1981

Developer: Williams
Manufacturer: Williams
Distributor: Williams

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Stargate marquee
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Game Summary

Space - protect humanoids from aliens. Even more hyper-active sequel to Defender.

Hardware Info

Controls: 1 Joystick / Button(s)
Horizontal-mounted Raster monitor
292 x 240 Resolution
Colors: 16 Color

Additional Hardware Info (from Mame)

M6809 cpu @ 1 Mhz
M6808 cpu
DAC audio

Mame ROMs

stargate, Stargate

Game Details

Features possibly the most controls on one game - difficult to learn - featured many hidden secrets and tactics. Minor classic.

This was the first game produced for Williams by Eugene Jarvis' company Vid Kidz.

The title refers to the teleportation "gates" present in the game- this title was dropped by Williams/Midway for reasons that have not been made clear. There have been claims that it infringed upon a trademark held by a board game manufacturer.

Elements of Stargate can be found in the two Defender spin-offs, Revenge of Defender and Defender 2000.

  • Published for Atari 2600, 5200, 400/800/XL/XE by Atari. (2600 version also available as "Defender II")
  • Published for NES by Hal as "Defender II".
  • Published for Sega Genesis, Saturn, SNES, PC, PlayStation by Williams/Midway as "Defender II" in Arcade's Greatest Hits/Williams Greatest Hits.
  • Published for Game.Com by Tiger as "Defender II" in Arcade Classics.


Stargate control panel
control panel


Stargate cabinet photo
cabinet photo
Stargate title screen
title screen
Stargate gameplay screen shot
gameplay screen
Stargate promotional flyer
promotional flyer

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Stargate side art.

Coinop.org Member Ratings / Comments

**** by kk. Comment: "Good game. Personally I prefer Defender, but then again I didn't play Stargate much." 2002-09-22 23:27:19Z

***** by bobhume. Comment: "When I was a kid, Stargate was about all I would play. This game completely rocked at the old arcade, on the boardwalk, down the shore. (if you are from there, you know where "down the shore" is). -- Rob" 2003-03-01 02:40:35Z

***** by randyman. Comment: "From Alaska (an 80's videogame capital) to Hollywood blvd, this game is the west coasts best! Heck the whole darn place!!" 2003-04-24 21:55:41Z

***** by stargate1984. Comment: "No game will ever deliver the rush like that of Defender STARGATE. Its too bad most of this generation of xboxers and play stationeers will not experience this game. Playing for more than 10 hrs straight on several occassions with one quarter in the early 80's it was intoxicating! Kent C. Houston TX" 2005-06-08 21:18:35Z

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